“Let us learn in order to teach. Let us learn in order to do!”
The Valley Temple has four different Hebrew classes for adults: two on Tuesday evenings and two on Thursday evenings. In addition, there are seminars on a variety of topics taught by either our rabbi or a scholar from the University of Cincinnati Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), or a visiting scholar. Past topics have included: Talmud, basic Judaism, prayer, understanding the Prophets, Jews on Broadway, Abraham Lincoln & the Jews, George Washington & the Jews, Jewish humor, and the Jewish way in death and dying. Each semester we select a book for a book club-style discussion. In addition, there are regular gatherings as follows:
Torah Study on Saturdays at 9:30 AM – No experience required! Come explore and discuss the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Kopnick or a rabbinic student from HUC-JIR.
Adult Hebrew–Four levels from beginner (no prior experience) to advanced. Come learn the language of our liturgy and the Torah! Classes meet once a week in the evening and follow the religious school calendar.
Selichot – Adult learning opportunity leading into the High Holy Days with a scholar-in-residence. Topics have included: Jewish A Cappella, Atonements, Apologies and Excuses: Saying ‘sorry’ in the 21st century, Prophets and Profits and the Economics of Enough, You Can Go Home Again: Memories, Meaning and Loss.